Poor guy's house was raided at 3 A. M. They broke his rib, injured his forehead, kicked him in the face, and cut both of his hands. There were at least 30 armed officers and they didn't even announce that they were the police. He thought they were the regime's agents coming to finish him off! They held him for 48 hours for questioning and searched his house. They took his computers, cells phones, anything interesting. They didn't charge him and let him go. Oh yes, they also shot him with tranquilizer guns to restrain him, but for some reason it didn't work on him.
It's funny how the guy who has been received so many death threats for speaking out against Islam is accused of being a terrorist by the police and specifically an Islamic terrorist by the media. I suspect that the regime has been calling the police with some "anonymous tips" to cause trouble for this group. Why else would they arrest him on the same day that the regime is holding it's sham presidential elections? Of all the days in a year, why choose the election day to come after the leader of a dissident group? It's very symbolic.
LONDON, June 19 (IranMania) - Four men arrested by British police under anti-terrorism laws are connected to the political opposition in Iran, sources close to the police investigation said on Saturday.
The men, aged between 31 and 63, were being interrogated at a police station in London following their arrest in a series of raids by armed police in the north of the city the day before.
The Times newspaper reported that the men had been under surveillance by Britain's MI5 security agency for some months, and that the decision to arrest them -- on the day of Iran's presidential election -- came because officers feared they were armed.
There was no evidence they had committed terrori
sm offences in Britain, or who their targets might be in Iran, the paper added.
London's Metropolitan Police said only that the men were arrested in connected with terrorist activity in the Middle East.
However, a police source told AFP they were linked to the Iranian opposition.
According to a statement to AFP in Paris from a group calling itself Anjoman Padeshahi, which said it was opposed to the Tehran government, one of the men arrested was its leader, Dr Froud Fouladvand.
The arrest was "linked to the presidential elections" in Iran, the statement added.
Iran Mania, 20 June 2005.
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In recent years, there has been a growing trend of “unofficial fatwas" being announced on state TV, satellite channels radio, newspapers and in mosques. For instance, earlier this year fatwas were issued banning yoga and ironing women’s pants—the latter because, according to the man who issued that fatwa, women are not allowed to wear pants in Islam.
Confusing the dispute is the lack of clear hierarchy between Al Azhar and Dar Al Iftaa, which is technically under Al Azhar’s jurisdiction yet supposed to be the sole source of fatwas. This has caused problem before. For instance, in January 2004, after Al Tantawi urged French Muslims to respect the ban on veils in public schools, Gomaa argued that the veil was an obligation for Muslims. Other religious scholars around the world also condemned Al Tantawi’s position.
“It has happened many times that the Sheikh of Al Azhar would issue a fatwa and then the fatwa would be opposed by Dar Al Iftaa, or vice versa, and this problem has not been solved yet," Muhammed Aboul Ela, a professor of Islamic Studies at Al Azhar University and member of Dar Al Iftaa’s committee, told Cairo.
Aboul Ela says the way people perceive fatwas has changed from the way they were perceived earlier in Islam’s history. “After the death of the Prophet Muhammed, Muslim scholars used fatwas to adapt to the changes of everyday life, because there are issues that are not mentioned in the Quran or the Sunna," he explained. “Now people go and seek fatwas even if the issues are already mentioned in the Quran and are not debatable. The sheikhs don’t see how dangerous it is to issue a wrong fatwa."